Intelsat 3R

Summary

Intelsat 3R
NamesPAS-3R
PANAMSAT 3R
IS-3R
Panamsat K4
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorPanAmSat (1996-2006)
Intelsat (2006-2011)
COSPAR ID1996-002A
SATCAT no.23764
Websitehttp://www.intelsat.com
Mission duration15 years (planned)
15 years (achieved)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeBoeimg 601
BusHS-601
ManufacturerHughes
Launch mass2,920 kg (6,440 lb)
Dry mass1,727 kg (3,807 lb)
Power4.3 kW
Start of mission
Launch date12 January 1996, 23:10:00 UTC
RocketAriane 44L H10-3 (V82)
Launch siteCentre Spatial Guyanais, ELA-2
ContractorArianespace
Entered serviceMarch 1996
End of mission
DisposalGraveyard orbit
DeactivatedAugust 2011
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit[1]
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude43° West (1996-2010)
81° West (2010-2011)
Transponders
Band40 transponders:
20 C-band
20 Ku-band
Coverage areaAmericas, Caribbean, Europe, Africa
← PAS-4
PAS-5 →
 

Intelsat 3R (formerly PAS-3R) is a communications satellite owned by Intelsat located at 43° West longitude, serving the Americas market.[2]

Satellite description

PAS-3R was constructed by Hughes Aircraft Corporation, based on the HS-601 satellite bus. It had a mass at launch of 2,920 kg (6,440 lb), which decreased to around 1,727 kg (3,807 lb) by the time it was operational. Designed for an operational life of 15 years, the spacecraft was equipped with 20 C-band and 20 Ku-band transponders.[3] Its two solar panels, which had a span of 26 m (85 ft) generated 4.7 kW of power when the spacecraft first entered service, which was expected to drop to around 4.3 kW by the end of the vehicle's operational life.[3]

Launch

Arianespace launched PAS-3R, using an Ariane 4 launch vehicle, flight number V82, in the Ariane 44L H10-3 configuration. The launch took place from ELA-2 at the Centre Spatial Guyanais, at Kourou in French Guiana, on 12 January 1996, at 23:10:00 UTC.[3]

Intelsat 3R

Intelsat 3R, formerly PAS-3R, launched in January 1996, the satellite was operated by PanAmSat until it merged with Intelsat in 2006. The spacecraft was renamed, along with the rest of PanAmSat's fleet, on 1 February 2007.[3]

Decommissioning

Intelsat 3R was removed from geostationary orbit in August 2011, being placed into graveyard orbit.

References

  1. ^ "INTELSAT 3R (PAS 3R)". N2YO.com. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Intelsat 3R". SatBeams. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d "PAS 2, 3, 3R, 4 → Intelsat 2, 3R, 4". Gunter's Space Page. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2021.